Author Archives: Stick

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.

First Look @ the MLD Duomid & Solo Inner Net Tent

For the last few years I have really wanted the Mountain Laurel Designs (MLD) Duomid and the Solo Inner Net tent. And let’s be real, while my BPW does vary from trip to trip, overall I would classify myself as an … Continue reading

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Pack Cover, Pack Liner, Both, Neither, Something Else…?

Pack covers, pack liners, neither, both, or something else all together? Being that I am a firm believer in all of the above (plus some), I tend to get emails, or questions/comments on my blog or a YouTube video, about … Continue reading

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Post Hike Gear Talk: March 2015 – Carver’s Gap to Kincora Hostel (Dennis Cove Rd)

I recently met up with a few friends to hike a 40 mile section of the AT (for those that don’t know, that’s the “Appalachian Trail”) from Carver’s Gap to Dennis Cove Rd (or more accurately, to Kincora Hostel on … Continue reading

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AT Section Hike: Carver’s Gap to Dennis Cove Rd (Kincora Hostel)

I wish I could say that this hike was filled with sunshiny days and views as far as the eyes can see, in which we posed in front of for group shots (it was the Roan Highlands, after all…), but … Continue reading

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Deuce of Spades Potty Trowel Contest Winners!

Thanks to everyone that entered a comment on my most recent give away for a Deuce of Spades Potty Trowel! I have let the kiddos read through the comments, and these are the 3 that they picked:

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Deuce of Spades, Update & Give Away!

In the early part of 2014, I came across the Deuce of Spades on Kickstarter. Now, I will admit, on most of my hikes I usually end up near a privy (they’re all along the AT), but there has also been … Continue reading

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